What's On

Saturday 21 July, 8pm, €20

Ceol na mBan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Ceol na mBan (Music of the Women) will be a very special concert featuring all women performers who have achieved great success as musicians and singers.  A number of well-known and internationally recognised Clare performers will be joined by musicians from other counties.

Performing on the night will be

  • Tara Breen - Fiddle
  • Niamh Ní Charra - Concertina, Fiddle
  • Máire Ní Ghráda - Uilleann Pipes
  • Bríd O’Donoghue Flute - Whistle
  • Eimear Arkins  Fiddle -  Singer
  • Joan Hanrahan - Fiddle
  • Bríd O’Gorman - Flute
  • Michelle Mulcahy - Concertina, Fiddle, Harp
  • Louise Mulcahy - Flute, Uilleann Pipes
  • Mary McNamara - Concertina
  • Sorcha Costello - Fiddle
  • Sinéad Mulqueen - Concertina
  • Jennifer Markham - Fiddle
  • Edel Vaughan - Singer
  • Lorraine Kelly - Harp
Sunday 22 July, 8pm, €27.50

Kilfenora Ceili Band - Sold Out

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

The most famous céilí band in the world, The Kilfenora, will make one of its few appearances in Clare at glór during Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan.

After more than one hundred years in the business, the world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band is seen by many aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.

They will be joined as usual by a number of well-known guests.

Thursday 2 August at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff, Co.Clare, 8pm, €20

An Evening with Louise Morrissey at the Scariff Harbour Festival

Please note that the venue for this event is Sacred Heart Church, Scariff, Co. Clare

A unique opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s best-loved exponents of Country and Irish music. Hailing from Bansha in Co. Tipperary, Louise Morrissey started out her long and illustrious career with her brothers in the popular Morrisseys Folk Group before going on to gain a loyal following throughout a successful solo career comprising several recordings and regular performances throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

Thursday 9 August at the Marquee Feakle, 7.30pm, €20

Cafe Style Concert

Feakle Festival of Traditional Irish Music

The concert features:

Out the Gap dynamic group of young musicians featuring Colm Slattery, Gearoid McNamara, Amy McNamara, Pamela Queally and Kevin Carey.

Sean Tyrell - Traditional Singer and Musician. Sean is a well-known figure in contemporary folk music circles. Galway native Sean has carefully honed his craft in song and strings. He weaves intricate tales that have garnered international critical acclaim, both for his solo albums and numerous collaborations.

Chris Droney, Áine McGrath and Francis Droney
Chris Droney is one of the most respected concertina players in Ireland. The legendary musician from Bellharbour was born in 1924. His father, James and Grandfather Michael (1829-1927) also played concertina and Chris learnt by ear from the age of eight.
He went on to play in several bands and to win ten All-Irelands titles.
Chris will be joined by his son Francis and Aine McGrath. Francis is continuing the family tradition on concertina and he is regarded as fine exponent of the concertina playing of Co. Clare. Aine McGrath is a talented distinguished fiddle player and will be joining the Droney Duo for an exciting musical performance.

The Boruma Trio
The Boruma Trio is a musical collaboration that unites the two stylistically contrasting musical traditions of East Clare and North Tipperary. It features fiddler Eileen O' Brien from North Tipperary, accordion player Andrew MacNamara from East Clare and the piano and tin whistle skills of Dr. Geraldine Cotter from Ennis. The Boruma Trio represent the very best of East Clare and North Tipperary music combined.

Friday 10 August at St. Mary's Church, Feakle, 7.30pm, €30

Music Recital

Feakle Festival of Traditional Irish Music 2018

Featuring:

Joe Fitzgerald, Seamus Begley and friends.
The festival is delighted to welcome back local man Joe Fitzgerald, now living in Melbourne to perform at the Feakle Festival. Expect lively music and nostalgic songs from this great musician. Joe will be joined by singer and musician Seamus Begley. Although both men have their own distinctive styles they seamlessly blend to deliver a unique musical performance. The men will be joined by their friends on the night.

Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich John McCusker and Paul Meehan
Vocalists Heidi Talbot and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, aided and abetted by award winning multi-instrumentalist John McCusker and guitarist Paul Meehan. Heidi Talbot has garnered rave reviews for her live performances with Cherish the Ladies and as featured soloist with Idlewild, King Creosote and Eddi Reader among others, and the pairing of her expressive vocals with the extraordinary voice of trad maestro Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich is a match made in heaven.

Rejoice in the energetic polkas and slides of West Kerry and waltzes, marches and reels from Scotland, as four folk musicians at the top of their game put on an exciting performance.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Martin’s soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis for over twenty years. Dennis has created a guitar style with a very precise use of rhythm and subtle use of harmonic colourings that amplifies the mood and power of the melodies in new and innovative ways.

Saturday 11 August at the Community Hall, Feakle, 7.30pm, €20

Gala Concert

Feakle Festival of Traditional Irish Music

Featuring

Irene and Ashline Cunningham Sean-Nós dancers; two talented sisters and members of the renowned Sean-Nós Dancing family from Connemara.

Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain
Dublin born Mick O'Brien plays uilleann pipes, whistle and flute. He performs regularly as a solo artist, and his playing can be heard on numerous recordings with artists such as The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Mick has toured extensively and given master classes throughout Europe and North America.
Aoife has won prizes for both Irish traditional and classical music. She performs regularly with the Goodman Trio, Crash Ensemble, Neil O Loghlin's Cuar, Caerus Ensemble, The Irish Memory Orchestra and has a duo with Spanish pianist Álvaro Baltanás.
The melodic playing of Emer Mayock has placed her at the forefront of traditional Irish music. A native of Ross, a small village in County Mayo, she began playing the tin whistle at the age of five. By her teens, she had mastered the instrument, as well as the timber flute.
The trio recorded Tunes from The Goodman Manuscripts and the album was awarded the coveted Gradam Ceoil from the TG4.

Con Fada Ó Drisceoil is a songwriter and accordion player from Cork. He has written comic songs on a wide range of subjects. In 2006 he published The Spoons Murder and Other Mysteries, a book and CD of his songs. He was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 for his songs. His new songbook/CD is called Hunting the Hair and Other Pursuits, and tells of savage cats, anti-baldness quests, hypochondria, drunken deer and many similarly heroic topics.

Breaking Trad. A dynamic Irish band featuring Donal Murphy (accordion) Niall Murphy (Fiddle) and Mike Galvin (Guitar). Their music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique', and 'high octane'. This powerhouse band, “Breaking Trad”, are reviving trad with a fresh and modern twist.

Lynda Cullen and Fintan Lucy. Lynda’s captivating performances have won her a loyal and growing fan base throughout the country. Expect a mix of original material and renditions of her favourite folk songs. Fintan is a well-respected guitarist and songwriter. He was a member of many folk/trad bands, and the acoustic rock harmony band The Phintones. As well as gigging around Ireland, he has performed in New York, England, Wales, Spain and Switzerland. His songs have been recorded by many singers and one is featured in full in the soon to be released US movie Blind Pass.

Tony Linnane and Danny O’Mahony
Tony's reputation as a master musician began when, at the age of three, he was already playing traditional music. Tony is a legendary and talented fiddle player from Co. Clare and he has featured with many classic traditional music recordings. Tony is joined by Danny O’Mahony, a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters.

The concert is presented by Con Fada Ó Drisceoil.

Friday 21 September, 6.15pm in the Studio, free of charge

Poets Ancient and Modern

presented by The Clare Poetry Collective

Duration: 60 mins

Clare has produced many celebrated poets over the years and The Clare Poetry Collective members will each introduce a Clare poet of the past, (Mairéad Ní Ghráda, Joseph Meany, Thomas Dermody, Eithne Strong, Brian Merriman, Peter Kay, Brendan O’Beirne), talk about their work, read one or more of their poems, and then read some of their own work.

An informing and entertaining gathering of powerful poetry, well read.

Friday 21 September, 7.30pm in the glór foyer, Free of charge but ticketed. Please pre-book

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

as part of Culture Night 2018

Practically all hailing from Limerick - with a dash of Galway and Australia - The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra's music is a blend of warm vocal harmonies, classy instrumentation and ear-catching melodies that is desperately hard to categorise yet strangely easy to love.

The five-piece BPLO have toured Ireland extensively with their theatrical show as well as with the music of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and David Bowie in Irish language performances.